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difficult. in albuquerque, until, what do you say, mike? >> senator merkley himself, called them out. we know the names of at least three of them who sided with harry reid on this. barbara boxer and dianne feinstein from california are two of the main ones. >> bill: i don't understand. yes realize barbara boxer had too. they have been there a long time. you would think if they had been there a long time they would understand how broke it is. right? caller: that's what i am saying. i think we really need to shine the light on what senator merkley did because apparently he is taking a lot of heat from his fellow senators from blaking that blue wall of silence and naming people so that we can talk about them without it happening in secret, and i think that -- you know, i think he should be on some talk shows. he should be -- his name shall be called out as someone who might help the american people know more about what's going on and -- >> bill: yeah. >> get more involved. >> bill: yeah. i agree, mike. geoff americamerkley has emerged as a strong leader i
senators of that's a significant step forward. >> michael? >> mike tomasky here and who are the four republicans and how many will sign on to it? >> that's an excellent question. john mccain and lindsey graham who, of course have had a profile on this issue because it's ping ponged back and forth for many years. marco rubio, newcomer on the scene, cuban american with high has prations and jeff flake who got elected from arizona and he has a long track record on these issues as a house member for many years. so he's new to the senate but he is not new to the issue. and he's been very vocal as well in the press. the democratic side chuck schumer, dick durbin robert mennendez and mike bennett, a new comer to the scene, colorado senator with more mott rad credentials if you will. you see. >> led by chuck shoe mert. >> led by chuck schumer who is the chair of the sub knit. pat leahy has indicated he wants a mark-up in full judiciary committee. your question about how many republicans and getting them is the key question. signals a new generation of leaders on
to improve gun safety nationwide. brett mike thompson serves the gun violence task force and says he is looking for today's hearing about recommendations about keeping guns away from criminals while preserving second amendment rights. thompson's panel is hoping to accurately legislation that can with stand the republican held house. the group will hear from the atf as well as health and law enforcement representatives and the top lobbyists this week. the senate plans on holding an open amendment vote. this could increase its chances of passing letting both sides of the aisle tackle the specific andments. it could weaken the bill since republicans will be able to change the language and reduce the bill's broad reach. majority reader lead says he is hoping to get the bill through the judiciary committee but he has made it clear he does not support an all-out ban on assault weapons. >>> hillary clinton will face a tough grilling today from the house and senate foreign relations committees. she is set to testify on the september 11th attacks on benghazi.
as americans again reflecting the constitution and that call for equality of all americans. mike is up in anchorage alaska. hey, mike, what do you say? >> caller: i think -- i volunteered for the campaign for a year and a half and it was very -- i was very, very proud. we listened to part of it and i listened to the rest of it later on. i didn't realize he -- he was right on point to all of that stuff. people need to get online. organize for action, our new organization. push the president and push congress to cooperate with this president. i think he's got a good start and i think we have a good agent. >> bill: excellent point. dana from houston. hello. good morning. >> caller: good morning. good morning paul and peter. i wanted to say that there was a call in response to the question of who is we the people. the president's line item concerns who we the people is. for those who didn't get it in 2012 and they want to take a chance in 2014, i'm believing their constituents are included in we who the people are. think about it whether or not your neighbor who are included. >> bill: yes.
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